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Giving My All to You Sheryl Lister 2022/8/3 13:47:27

Faith chuckled, then moaned. “Oh, don’t make me laugh.”

“Sorry. I’m hanging up so you can get some rest. I’ll call you tomorrow to let you know what time my flight gets in.”

“Sounds good. These pain meds are kicking in and I’m feeling dizzy again.” She told Kathi when she thought she’d be at the hotel and ended the call. Gradually, the throbbing pain in her shoulder started to dull, as did the other aches in her body. Her mind went back to Thaddeus Whitcomb. Rather than tell him she would visit, she had decided to come to town and drive by his house with the hopes of catching a glimpse of him first. Would he really be as glad to see her as his letters indicated or was her mother right—that she should leave it alone? Faith had to figure out what to do about him, find another car and a whole slew of other things, but at the moment, she just needed to sleep.

“Hey, Justin,” Brandon said to his brother-in-law Thursday morning. “Have a seat.”

Justin took the proffered chair. “Siobhan said you wanted to talk to me.”

“I wanted to see how the tests were going and find out when you think the system will be ready to go.” Justin had partnered with the company to manufacture his in-home alert system. With the use of sensors placed around the home, real-time data could be sent directly to a smartphone from a wireless hub—whether a door had been left open, a stove left on, or if a person hadn’t moved in hours—that allowed elderly relatives to remain at home and gave caregivers peace of mind.

“I want to do a few more tests before running the consumer trials. If all goes well, maybe six months or so.”

Brandon sighed. “That long?”

“I’d rather work out as many bugs in the system before it hits the market than risk putting it out there and failing.”

“You’re right. I’m just anxious.”

Justin laughed. “Yeah, so am I. Oh, Siobhan told me about you stopping to help some people in an accident last night. Are they okay?”

“Whoa. What are the chances of something that freaky happening?”

“I know, right? The kicker is she doesn’t live here and had just gotten to town Tuesday.”

“Not a good way to start a trip. If I were her, I might not want to visit LA again,” he said with a wry chuckle and stood up.

“If you’re not busy, you can come over for dinner. Siobhan and I are planning to grill some salmon.”

“Thanks for the offer, but I told Faith I would stop by to check on her.”

“The woman from the accident.” And the one who’d kept him up all night thinking about her.

A slow smile spread across Justin’s lips. “Well now.”

Brandon shook his head. “It’s nothing like that. She doesn’t know anyone in town and I’m just being neighborly. If it were Siobhan or Morgan, I’d want someone to do the same for them if they happened to be hurt and alone.”

Justin nodded. “I hear you. I’d want the same for Yvonne and Jocelyn.”

Brandon knew Justin would understand since he had two younger sisters.

“I’ll see you later.”

After Justin exited, he turned his attention back to work, but Faith was never far from his thoughts. True, he was being friendly, but something about her intrigued him. He hadn’t been able to get her beautiful face out of his mind since leaving her last night.

Brandon managed to finish going through and signing all the documents his assistant had left by late afternoon. For the second day in a row, he was packed up and ready to leave at closing time. Most evenings, he didn’t leave until seven or eight, not late enough for his father to fuss, but still late. Nolan Gray believed in working hard, but he also tried to teach his five children that there was more to life than work and sometimes had to force Brandon and Siobhan out of the office at a decent hour. Brandon worked hard, but he did make time to play on occasion. Although lately, he’d been more focused on work.